By Peter Thorsheim
In this far-reaching examine, Peter Thorsheim explains that, for a lot of the 19th century, few humans in Britain even thought of coal smoke to be pollutants. To them, pollutants intended miasma: invisible gases generated by means of decomposing plant and animal topic. faraway from viewing coal smoke as toxins, most folk thought of smoke to be a helpful disinfectant, for its carbon and sulfur have been idea in a position to rendering miasma harmless.
Inventing Pollution examines the considerably new knowing of pollutants that emerged within the overdue 19th century, one who based now not on natural decay yet on coal combustion. this alteration, as Peter Thorsheim argues, gave beginning to the smoke-abatement stream and to new methods of puzzling over the relationships between humanity, expertise, and the environment.
By Joella G. Yoder
By Norah Moloney,Michael J Shott
By Thomas J. Misa
Historian Thomas J. Misa's sweeping heritage of the connection among expertise and society over the last 500 years finds how technological strategies have formed -- and feature been formed by way of -- the cultures during which they arose. Spanning the preindustrial prior, the age of medical, political, and business revolutions, in addition to the newer eras of imperialism, modernism, and worldwide defense, this compelling paintings evaluates what Misa calls "the query of technology."
Misa brings his acclaimed textual content brand new via reading how cutting-edge unsustainable strength platforms, insecure info networks, and weak international transport have helped foster geopolitical hazards and instability. A masterful research of ways expertise and tradition have motivated one another over 5 centuries, Leonardo to the Internet frames a heritage that illuminates modern day difficulties and clients confronted via our technology-dependent world.
Praise for the 1st edition
"Closely reasoned, reflective, and written with perception, grace, and wit, Misa's ebook takes us on a private journey of know-how and historical past, looking to outline and research paradigmatic techno-cultural eras." -- Technology and Culture
"Follows [Thomas] Hughes's version of mixing an interesting old narrative with deeper classes approximately technology." -- American Scholar
"His case reports, resembling that of Italian futurism or the localizations of the worldwide McDonalds, offer stable beginning issues for inspiration and discussion." -- Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"This overview can't do justice to the precision and style with which Misa analyzes applied sciences of their social contexts. He convincingly demonstrates the usefulness of his conceptual model." -- History and Technology
"A attention-grabbing, informative, and well-illustrated book." -- Choice
By Adam Steltzner,William Patrick
From Adam Steltzner, who led the access, Descent, and touchdown staff in touchdown the Curiosity rover at the floor of Mars, comes a profound ebook approximately step forward innovation within the face of the impossible
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is domestic to a couple of history’s such a lot jaw-dropping feats of engineering. while NASA had to land Curiosity—a 2,000-pound, $2.5 billion rover—on the outside of Mars, a hundred and forty million miles away, they became to JPL. Steltzner’s group couldn’t try out their kooky resolution, the Sky Crane. They have been on an unmissable cut-off date, and the realm will be looking at once they succeeded—or failed.
At the helm of this attempt used to be an not likely rocket scientist and unintended chief, Adam Steltzner. After slightly graduating from highschool, he his interest to the area people university to determine why the celebrities moved. quickly he stumbled on an impressive present for math and physics. once you have his Ph.D. he ensconced himself inside of JPL, NASA’s decidedly unbureaucratic cousin, the place luck in a project is the single metric that issues.
The correct of loopy is a first-person account of innovation that's appropriate to anyone operating in technology, artwork, or know-how. for example, Steltzner describes:
·How his staff discovered to modify from fear-based to curiosity-based choice making
·How to flee “The darkish Room”—the inventive block attributable to worry, uncertainty, and the inability of a transparent direction forward
·How to inform whilst we’re too in love with our personal rules to be aim approximately them—and, conversely, while to struggle for them
·How to foster mutual appreciate inside of groups whereas nonetheless bashing undesirable ideas
The proper of loopy is a booklet for someone who desires to channel their craziness into creativity, stability discord and concord, and discover a sign in a flood of noise.
From the Hardcover edition.
By Heather E. Hudson
Connecting Alaskans tells the original historical past of delivering radio, tv, telephone, and net prone to greater than 600 thousand sq. miles. it's a background of a spot the place army wishes usually trumped civilian ones, the place ham radios provided greater connections than cellphone strains, and the place tv exhibits aired a whole day later than within the remainder of the country.
Heather E. Hudson covers greater than a century of successes whereas basically explaining the relationship difficulties nonetheless confronted via distant groups this day. Her finished historical past is ideal for a person attracted to telecommunications expertise and historical past, and he or she presents a huge template for coverage makers, rural groups, and constructing international locations suffering to improve their very own twenty-first-century infrastructure.
By Orit Halpern
By Edwin F. Beckenbach,Royal Weller
Contributions comprise chapters on linear and nonlinear oscillations by way of Solomon Lefschetz, on hyperbolic partial differential equations and functions by means of Richard Courant, and at the idea of prediction by way of Norbert Wiener. extra themes comprise video game concept, utilized arithmetic in operations examine, matrices, conformal mapping tools, and different topics concerning the intersection of engineering and mathematics.
By Heidi Gautschi,David Gautschi
Drawing on Anglophone and Francophone literatures in enterprise, economics, historical past, and sociology, this publication reminds us that development is usually accomplished at a few sacrifice of healthiness. It permits lecturers and practitioners from those traditions to have interaction in systematic verbal exchange and enhance each other with new rules.